Jack&Jill Politics: They Can’t Have That – Why I Don’t Trust Political Polls

Jack&Jill Politics (9/22/08)

They Can’t Have That – Why I Don’t Trust Political Polls

Because when it looks like the outcome is not what those in charge would like to see, a statistical poll is published to scare the masses into doing something else.  Check out the results of the following poll about the “Racial Divide” in America:

Because when it looks like the outcome is not what those in charge would like to see, a statistical poll is published to scare the masses into doing something else.  Check out the results of the following poll about the “Racial Divide” in America:

Asked how much of America’s existing racial tension is created by blacks, more than one-third of white respondents said “most” or “all,” and 9 percent said “not much.” Only 3 percent of blacks said “most” or “all,” while half said “not much at all.”

Nearly three-fourths of blacks said white people have too much influence in American politics. Only 12 percent of whites agreed. Almost three times as many blacks as whites said blacks have too little influence.

Far more blacks than whites say government officials “usually pay less attention to a request or complaint from a black person than a white person.”

One in five whites have felt admiration for blacks “very” or “extremely” often. Seventy percent of blacks have felt the same about whites.

I have several problems with this poll.  First, it was conducted by individuals at Stanford University.  Given that Stanford is indeed, a premier, Ivy League of the West Coast College; the fact remains that it is also one of the most politically conservative colleges in the collegiate education system.  Because this is a historic election year, in which the real test will be in whether or not white people can really put aside their bigotry and make a choice based on qualification as opposed to race.

Second, look at the wording of some of the questions.  Many of us who have had a statistics class will know that you can frame and design questions to facilitate subjective responses and then present the results as a matter of objective fact and outcome.  So if you frame the questions in a way that will present whites as being more bigoted than blacks, that is the result you will get and that is the result you will publish.  How in the hell can over 70% of white people say the racial tensions in this country are OUR FAULT, and not get challenged on the fact that maybe Blacks are responding to constantly having to have competed on uneven playing fields, and with stacked decks ever since they offloaded our ancestors at Jamestown, Virginia?  Polls like this one never factor how responses to these types of questions are affected by the historical aspect of slavery, colonialism, Jim Crow and everything else.  These polls don’t take into account the deniability on the part of the white participants, either, and that’s shortchanging of true responses to the questions posed.

Third, every time I see a poll like this one, it is designed to favor one candidate over another one – presumably the one the establishment would not like to see get in.  For example, Fox Network may have a vested interest in not seeing an Obama Administration because an Obama Administration may mean a restoration of the Fairness Doctrine, in which networks that turn themselves into no more than propagandists masquerading as a news organization, will not only face stiff fines and penalities for violating FCC regulations, but may also face getting their broadcast licenses yanked and getting ejected from the airwaves.  Marinate on that one for a minute, please.

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